MSM, or Organic Sulfur as it's commonly called, is a popular dietary supplement used for an array of research-proven benefits. In nature, this compound can be found in many food sources, but in very small amounts. For this reason, dietary supplementation is common. This product acts as a source of dietary sulfur. That's important, because sulfur is a major component of our body's connective tissue, like skin and cartilage. In fact, the human body's 4th most abundant mineral is sulfur. It should be noted thought, that while MSM's role as a sulfur donor is frequently highlighted as the key to its success, there is likely additional methods by which this product produces success. Research continues to be underway to understand the specific mechanism by which Organic Sulfur influences the body of its users. For example, scientists have noted that this product seems to work at the transcriptional and subcellular levels, but the specific micro level influences are still being determined. While the underlying mechanisms by which MSM works are still being discovered, the clinical benefits are more readily understood. One of the more interesting benefits, and the topic of this current discussion, is that of MSM for hair growth.
Yes it is! Research continues to explore the effects of diet on our body's appearance. It has also been suggested that modern day populations are experiencing a global sulfur deficiency due to our diets and farming techniques. Organic Sulfur can make a significant impact on this issue through its role as a sulfur donor.
When looking into hair health, it's important to understand that Keratin is a protein that helps to make up the foundation of your hair, skin, and nails. It provides large amounts of cysteine, the sulfur-containing amino acid that is required for the disulfide bridges found in hair, skin, and nails. It is cysteine that is responsible for the significant strength in hair and nails. Human hair is approximately 14% cysteine. The use of MSM can provide a good source of sulfur to enhance disulfide bridge bonds.
Yes it can! According to a 2019 study published in Natural Medicine Journal, MSM supplementation can have beneficial effects on hair and nails. In this study, expert graders reviewed subjects repeatedly over 4 months. They found that a daily dose of 3 grams of Organic Sulfur improved hair volume by 22.4%! Furthermore, subjects also experienced increased hair shine and an increased overall healthy hair appearance.
While we've been discussing the role of MSM as an ingested dietary supplement up to this point, another interesting thought is the use of topical MSM for hair growth benefits. We previously have provided instructions and a video on how to make your own MSM lotion or MSM cream. This can be completed by simply using your favorite base and following steps to add MSM.
Using the same steps, but a different base, we're going to discuss how to create a DIY sulfur shampoo using our MSM crystals.
Although the above video is for making a MSM lotion, you can follow the same steps to make 8 ounces of a MSM shampoo mixture with 10% MSM powder. You'll need the follow:
We know of no skin irritation or dermatitis as a result of using MSM topically, however, we are unable to provide specific dosing or medical advice. We do encourage you to follow up with your primary healthcare provider if you have specific questions or concerns.
In addition to hair growth, Organic Sulfur can maximize your health and wellness journey in the following ways:
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